This is a series of short books oriented specifically to the needs of undergraduate courses, and is designed as an introduction to African history. The length takes into account the modular course structure in North American universities and increasingly in institutions in other parts of the world. The topics planned are based on course syllabuses, and will fit in with how African history is taught over a range of universities. The books in the series should engage students and encourage them to think about major questions of historical analysis. These books will also be of interest to historians and academics in related fields.